(THIS POST IS MILDLY NOT SAFE FOR WORK.  IT CONTAINS ONE QUASI-BARE ASS.  WHAT.  I SAID MILDLY…)

 

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LUCKY PIERRE’S – NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

 

IN case you missed my incessant mentions about my recent road trip to Houston and New Orleans, well…I took a recent road trip to Houston (my usual annual visit to MD Anderson) and a nice little detour to New Orleans to visit a couple of old friends of mine from my days as a Texan (as though anyone ever stops being a Texan…it rarely happens…there’s just something about Texas.  Live there for a few years and you’ll see what I mean.  It gets in your blood).

 
 

MUSEUM DISTRICT – HOUSTON, TEXAS

 
 

I know I had promised you photos from my travels but I have so many to wade through and edit that it would be well into 2015 before I could give you a post with all of them.  The complete “This Was My Trip” post will be coming soon, but in the meantime I wanted to share a couple of images from a shoot I did for a few friends, the effervescent and incandescent Cherry Brown, the winged femme fatale Miss Monarch M and the mistress of mayhem who hosted the evening at Lucky Pierre’s, the fabulous and flirtatious GoGo McGregor (the photos of her gorgeous and gregarious self will be in the upcoming road trip round up post I mentioned), who all also happen to be amazing burlesque dancers.  So to tide you over I now present to you…

 

A LITTLE PHOTOGRAPHIC STRIPTEASE FROM MY RECENT TRAVELS

 
 

CHERRY BROWN

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MISS MONARCH M

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If you happen to be in New Orleans or are visiting soon, make sure to go to one of their performances.  They put on a fantastic show, guaranteed to titillate and entertain – a good time had by all.  Be sure to visit Cherry Brown, GoGo McGregor and Miss Monarch M’s sites for information about upcoming performances and events.  And since you’ll thank me later if you go see them perform, you’re welcome in advance.  Until next time…

 
 

Sultry Kisses & Half-Naked Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

IMAGES  ::  ALL IMAGES ©2014 ALLI WOODS FREDERICK PHOTOGRAPHY.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  USE OR DISPLAY WITHOUT EXPRESS WRITTEN PERMISSION IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED…WHICH MEANS DON’T STEAL OR USE MY STUFF ANYWHERE FOR ANY REASON WITHOUT ASKING FIRST, OKAY?  *WINK*  ::

 
 

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BE A GOOD WHATEVER

 

MEDIOCRITY, is not something for which to strive.  I don’t care what you do, be it butcher, baker or candlestick maker…

 

JUST REMEMBER

 

BE A GOOD WHATEVER

 

BE A GOOD WHATEVER TODAY.

(AND FOR THE RECORD AND IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW, YOU ARE ALREADY ARE GOOD, SO KEEP IT UP, DARLIN’.)

 
 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

IMAGE  ::  BY BRAMANTOSETYAKI  ::

 
 

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never too late

 

GIVEN Friday’s post about inspiration and living your dream this seemed like the perfect way to kick off the week – the perfect compliment and a little reminder to us all that…

 

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE

Never Too Late

 

DAMN STRAIGHT.

(AND THANK GOD.)

 
 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

IMAGE  ::  NEVER TOO LATE – RJMWAST  ::

 
 

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SINCE the beginning of time artists have borrowed from each other.  A few people simultaneously hit on a style, concept or technique and others follow suit.  It happens over and over again.  It always has been and always will be.  That is the nature of art.  But when does being inspired by another’s work cross the line and become theft?

 

INSPIRATION VERSUS STEALING:
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

 

Take music as an example.  Samples in music are an homage – a small piece of inspiration that’s added to the whole to create something entirely new…it’s a compliment to the creation, not the creation in its entirety.
 
The musician finds a way to incorporate a piece of something they like from the original piece into an entirely new work that doesn’t remotely resemble the original, save a brief riff that blends with the new composition.  They don’t create the exact same song, the same lyrics or just change one or two chords, one or two words and then slap a new title on it – that would be stealing.

 

THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INSPIRATION AND THEFT.

 

Artists borrow.  They share stylistic similarities while adding their own quirks and unique touches. They take a tiny portion of the original and personalize it, adapt it and change it drastically to fit their artistic vision. They twist and contort it until it’s virtually unrecognizable from the source of the inspiration.  They tell their own story.  Every artist who ever was or ever will be borrows sometimes.

 

WHAT DOESN’T EVERY ARTIST DO?

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STEAL.

 

What reputable artists don’t do is steal.  They don’t copy the original piece, change a few colors, slap a new name on it and call it theirs.  They don’t plagiarize.

 

PLAGIARISM IS WRONG.  AND IT’S ALSO ILLEGAL.

 

Earlier this year I was a victim of plagiarism.  Someone blatantly plagiarized one of my recent works (and upon investigation the work of at least one other artist) and even though time has passed I must say I’m still crushed.

I know some people will argue imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and to that I say bullsh*t.  Theft is theft.  Theft is not a compliment.

 

IF SOMEONE STEALS YOUR CAR IS IT A COMPLIMENT REGARDING YOUR TASTE IN AUTOMOBILES?
HELL NO.

 

It’s theft.  It’s someone taking something that’s yours and making it theirs without your permission.  When the image uses the exact same concept, composition, content, and posing of the model/subject it is not imitation.  It’s plagiarism and it’s illegal.  Yup, illegal…just like any other theft.

 

IS IT REALLY THAT BIG OF A DEAL?

 

Hell yes.  Never mind the legalities of it and that it demonstrates a lack of integrity, it goes beyond that.  When someone plagiarizes one of my images it’s like stealing my diary and publishing it as their own autobiography.

 

I FEEL VIOLATED.

 

 

THE STORY THEY’RE PRETENDING TO TELL ISN’T THEIRS.  IT’S MINE.

 

It’s the story of my life, my experiences, my loves, my victories, my defeats, my suffering, my passions and my heartbreaks.  This is a vile form of identity theft…they’re stealing my memories, my feelings, my thoughts and claiming them as their own. 

And now I would like to take a moment to address the person who has plagiarized my work…

 

A NOTE TO THE ARTIST IN QUESTION

 

You speak of the importance of dreams and living them to the fullest, and you absolutely should.  Go live your dream and rock it like a badass but don’t live mine or any other artists’ dreams by stealing our work.

 

BY PLAGIARIZING MY WORK YOU ARE LIVING AN IMITATION OF MY DREAM.

 

You stole my life, my pain, my feelings, my story when you stole my work and believe me, if you knew what some of those were you would never want them in a million years.  You would beg to give them back.  Truly.

 

I ADMIT I HAVE A KILLER SHOE COLLECTION BUT THERE ARE VERY FEW PAIRS YOU WOULD WANT TO WALK A MILE IN…

(BOTH FIGURATIVELY AND LITERALLY. HAVE YOU SEEN THE HEELS ON SOME OF MY SHOES?)

 

Some will say this is merely coincidence but we both know that’s not true.  Some will say you simply don’t know any better.  If that’s sincerely the case then you need to learn and study and grow more before you profess to be a professional in your field. 

I hope you will see the error of your ways and remove all the images you have plagiarized from everywhere they’re posted including any and all social media, photography sharing sites and your portfolio.

 

WILL I NAME AND SHAME?

 

Of course not.  My goal isn’t to harm you.  I want you to recognize the impact of what you did and why it’s wrong.  It’s up to you to make it right. 

I cannot stress this enough:
 

You damage your reputation, credibility and standing in the artistic community with your actions.

 

Fellow artists don’t want to work alongside a thief and galleries certainly don’t want to exhibit their work.  You’re burning bridges.  If you think word won’t get around it always does.

If you won’t take down the work and stop stealing because it’s the right thing to do, do it because you’re damaging your chance at achieving your dream.  You’re shooting yourself in the foot, and believe it or not I don’t want to see that happen. 

 

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Believe in yourself and develop your own ideas.  Tell your own story.  At the end of the day you have a moral, ethical and professional responsibility to yourself and to your fellow artists to work with honesty and integrity.  Create your own work – the expression of your life and your soul, but don’t steal the expression of others.

I sincerely hope you will turn this around.  I love to support other artists and I would love to be able to sing your praises, but only if you use this opportunity to change and grow.

*THE END*

 

WHY AM I ADDRESSING THIS PUBLICLY?

Because I want not only the artist in question but everyone who reads this to understand what is at the heart of such matters.  My hope is that both artists and non-artists can learn something from this.

 

BECAUSE IN THIS LIFE WE ARE ALL BORROWERS.

 

All of life is about borrowing bits and pieces to construct our own version of truth and wholeness, to construct our own life that is unique to us and us alone.
 
Hopefully today we’ve learned to borrow in a way that is respectful and honors both ourselves and those we borrow from.
 
We are all borrowers. So let’s borrow, shall we, and create something beautiful in our lives today.  Until next time…

 

 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 

 

IMAGES :: THE FLOCK © BROOKE SHADEN :: LIGHT – ANNE MARTHE MIDVEY :: ACT QUICK – MAX PLANES :: LYCANTHROPY NO2 ©2014 ALLI WOODS FREDERICK. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. :: …LEAVING THE GHOSTS WE’VE MADE BEHIND… © 2014 ALLI WOODS FREDERICK. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ::  DREAMS VIA THE CRACKED DOOR  ::  RAINY DAY INSPIRATION – JENNIFER  ::

 
 

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zombie-girl

 

AS a lover of Halloween and a certifiable, erm I mean certified…yeah…certified zombiephile, I can’t believe I didn’t share some undead zombie love on All Hallow’s Eve, a day for all things spooky, dead and gory.  My neglect to do so was akin to treason; a betrayal of all dark and twisted (but loving) hearts in the world.  In short, unacceptable.

So it is with a massive amount of undead delight that I now (better late than never) present…

 

A MINI ZOMBIE FILM FEST JUST FOR YOU, BOO.

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ZOMBIE IN A PENGUIN SUIT

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::  ZOMBIE IN A PENGUIN SUIT  ::

 
 
 

MY BODY’S A ZOMBIE FOR YOU

(AND YES, THAT IS RYAN GOSLING SINGING.  I KNOW, RIGHT?)

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A NEW INFECTION

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::  A NEW INFECTION  ::

 
 
 

SUPER ZERO

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::  SUPER ZERO  ::

 
 
 

HOLDOUT

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::  HOLDOUT  ::

 
 
 

DAY 1000

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::  DAY 1000  ::

 

Did I miss your favorite zombie short?  Please tell me if I did.  Leave links to your favorite zombie short films in the comments section below.  After all, you can never have too much undead delight, now can you (not to be confused with ‘Afternoon Delight’ because that would just be disgusting and incredibly dangerous…there is no gettin’ busy with the walking dead.  Noooooooo.  No.  Gigantic big ol’ bag of no’s)?  Until next time…

 
 

Undead Kisses & Corpse-y Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 

By the way, my darling dear Sarah of The Laughing Medusa just so happens to be blogging about zombies and fashion today, so hop on over and take a gander (and wait until you get to the part about the pattern on her shirt – super creepy).

 
 

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